LUCEDALE, Miss. — Two people are dead and 10 others are hurt after part of a Mississippi highway collapsed overnight, authorities said.
According to WKRG and WLOX, the incident occurred about 10 p.m. CDT Monday on Highway 26 in George County, west of Lucedale. The Mississippi Highway Patrol said two lanes of the road collapsed, killing at least two people. Another 10 people were hurt, including three who suffered critical injuries, WKRG reported.
Photos and videos from the scene appeared to show several cars and trucks in a large hole. WKRG’s Brianna Hollis tweeted that seven vehicles were involved.
JUST IN: Vehicles involved in the collapse of a portion of Highway 26 in George County MS. 2 dead, 10 injured (3 critically). @WKRG #mswx #flashflood #ida Pic via @BriHollisNEWS pic.twitter.com/8l4f4hatjc— Ed Bloodsworth (@WKRGEd) August 31, 2021
Here’s some video of another vantage point where you can see more cars and the full road collapse in #lucedale. It’s a grim scene. pic.twitter.com/DWlBjTw3Ha— Brianna Hollis (@BriHollisNEWS) August 31, 2021
The collapse came as Ida – which made landfall Sunday in Louisiana as a Category 4 hurricane before being downgraded to a tropical storm and, later, a depression – continued to churn through Mississippi.
John Glass, George County’s emergency manager, urged residents to avoid the roads to stay safe and ease the burden on first responders during the storm’s aftermath, according to WLOX.
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